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Proficiency in any language consists of three distinct skills - hearing, reading and speaking. But if you canít hear this is particularly difficult - so how can you know how to pronounce words?
Deafness and Music
Learning music as a child seems to help them learn speak and lay down strong auditary pathways in the brain. These strong auditary pathways seems to have shown that if someone goes deaf later in life, those who had music training cope better.
A conversation is a two way exchange of information, ideas, thoughts and reasoning. It takes two or more people to have a good conversation. (You can talk to yourself if you like, but itís likely to be biased!)
Designing for Deafness
If you were disabled and needed a wheelchair your house would be adjusted and modified to allow you to easily move into and out of as well as around the inside of the house so I wondered if there is such a thing as designing houses for deafness.
Breakdown in Conversation
Summarised from a presentation by Dr. Christopher Lind, Senior Lecturer in Audiology, Speech Pathology and Audiology Flinders University to BHA Adelaide Inc. members during Hearing Awareness Week 2012. Topic: "I'm sorry, would you repeat that?" - Observing how hearing loss affects every day talk.
Is it our right to hear?
Sometimes it seems, even in countries like Australia, that only if you have money do you have the right to hear.
Testing Lip Reading
How good is lip reading? Can people really read lips without any sound and understand what is being said?
The innovations of hearing loss technologies
The first Ďhearing aidsí if you could call them that, were hearing trumpets. They were large and cumbersome - like the trumpet on early gramophones. We've come a long way since then :-)
Some famous hard of hearing people
famous hard of hearing people, famous deaf people, famous deaf musicians, famous deaf politicians
Suggestions for Hearing Better
There are many situations where we need different kinds of hearing and therefore different solutions. I thought Iíd look at some of these.
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